Elaine Meinel Supkis
In today's Money Matters article, we get to discuss China's sudden change in direction in the forex markets as well as trade. The flow of money, the flow of history is now changing rapidly. The status quo is dying. Like passengers on the Titanic, our banking and diplomatic systems and the people running them are now adrift in the Atlantic. Our potential power in the Pacific has sunk like the Arizona in Pearl Harbor. There is virtually no news analysis in the mainstream media about the huge shifts in Asian power politics but online, a lively discussion is now at hand. I must stand alone as one of the few Americans to call all the shots correctly from day one. This is not accidental. I know the Chinese leadership's 50 year plan. They hatched it right under my family's nose.
FIFTY years have passed since America ended nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands. But its 52,500 people are still wrestling with the legacy. On January 7th they ditched the pro-American administration led by Kessai Note and elected instead a government backed by disgruntled chiefs and senators from the nuclear-affected atolls. The new leaders are unhappy with their nation's “Compact of Free Association” (CFA) with the United States. They want to press the claims of nuclear victims on the islands of Bikini, Rongelap, Utrik and Enewetak. They are also considering opening diplomatic relations with China.
America has reason to worry. It retains important strategic interests on Kwajalein, the country's largest atoll. Test missiles fired from California as part of the “Star Wars II” missile-defence programme regularly plunge spectacularly onto the lagoon floor, to be retrieved for scientific analysis.
This video is a story about the islanders who are still suffering from WWIII. Yes, it began in 1949 and I have said repeatedly, this nuclear war featured many hundreds of nuclear bombs going off on land, sea and in the atmosphere as well as deep in the earth.
This is a propaganda film about the infamous Bikini Island attack whereby the US lied to the islanders and told them the bomb would be a temporary thing and they could all go back home soon afterwards.
Dear readers, I don't know how most people look at these images but just posting them here made me cry. I can't bear looking at videos of nuclear bombs. I grew up in the shadow of the Valley of Death and WWIII. My father, due to his high standing within the missile/nuclear/advisor to Eisenhower community, knew a tremendous amount of highly-classified material which I was partially privy to as a child because frankly, my very favorite game was The Ghost Spy. I spied on my dad. A lot.
I was so very serious about all this, I thought I could develop the ability to dematerialize and go through walls so I practiced this art. I would stand close to a wall and stare at one point there and then visualize the individual atoms. My grandfather, a well-known astronomer and friend of Einstein, helped me do this by explaining how atoms create solids and how actually, all things had movement even if we can't see it with our eyes.
He also explained the space/time continuum which I figured, after being hit by lightning, was a great back door into the past and future. So I began a career of snooping using all these things. I never could merge with and pass through walls, though. But I did learn how to eavesdrop. One great thing about being a very small girl with an IQ over 150 was, I could understand what adults were talking about. I could read before I was 3 years old so I read newspapers as well as letters and other documents. Figuring out what they meant was a real challenge but the gossip between adults was very useful if one listens in to top scientists and politicians!
And my playmates were the children of the powerful so I would question them about anything they overheard.
As a very secret WWIII raged all around us and deep inside America itself, the government kept most of this top secret. Being a child, I would innocently go out into the public and tell people, sometimes with great alarm, what was going on. Only to have my own parents tell people, I was crazy.
Well.....as secret documents get published, 99.9% of my 'crazy' stuff turned out to be the truth. One of the truths the government denied heatedly was the health and pollution dangers of this raging nuclear war as Russia, China, Europe and the US exploded nuclear bombs all over the planet earth. I remember very vividly living at the secret rocket testing base in Death Valley at China Lake, overhearing, while lurking near some rather drunk adults, discussing the fearful East Wind.
I grew up fearing the wind blowing from the East. To this day, I cannot sit still when this happens, I pace the floor. This was due to all the scientists hiding us children from this fearful, fatal, destructive wind which carried the invisible Seeds of Death. We children would go to the eastern edge of the facility where the watch towers loomed overhead with guns and soldiers and peer to the east to see if we could see the nuclear bomb's clouds climb to the heavens. We were never told why we must fear the wind but I was very curious and asked my Watchers to tell me about it so I got to overhear this conversation.
They were discussing whether or not to tell Eisenhower about the recent discovery that the nuclear fallout was deadly. One scientist mentioned Hiroshima and the continuing death toll there. This is the first time I heard the name, 'Hiroshima'. Everyone at this gathering was very fearful of the ongoing McCarthy Unamerican Committee hearings. I know my dad was scared. Eisenhower assured all the scientists working in the rocket community, none of them would go down like several of the nuclear bomb scientists. But the fear was a very dark force. No one believed that Eisenhower would, in the end, really protect them. Already, we lost a top Chinese scientist who fled to Communist Chinese and became the Father of Rocketry there and who told Chou Enlai to invite my father as the first guest after Nixon's first visit. This is how I got involved with the top Chinese, by the way.
Back to my childhood: a top propaganda point was, nuclear bomb tests were not a war on the planet and all living things but rather, safe! And protected America. I began to argue with my dad in 1959 over this issue. No adult likes to hear a 9 year old explain reality. So this battle raged between himself and I until 1963. When a playmate of mine lay dying due to exposure to nuclear bomb tests, we had a raging fight. My father hit me.
I told him to kill me, too. Instead, he gave in and went to President Kennedy and asked him to stop those DAMN nuclear tests! I was elated when Kennedy unexpectedly agreed. Then, Kennedy was shot.
Sigh. Every day, since 1950 when I was born, the world has lived under the Sword of Total Destruction. Every year, it gets worse, not better. People foolishly thought, when the Soviet Union fell, it was over and all was going to be wonderful. But the US, eager for power and control, not only didn't disarm but HYPERARMED itself. We have more, not less, destructive power than in 1989. And we launched a series of aggressive wars for dominance of world essential resources.
The new president, Litokwa Tomeing, has said his country's links with Taiwan are not paying off and that he wants to switch diplomatic recognition to China. If he does—and Taiwan is lobbying hard and expensively to dissuade him—that may further unsettle America. When Kiribati, another country of sun-baked atolls and lagoons just to the south, had links with Beijing, it allowed the Chinese to build a satellite-tracking station on the island of Tarawa. When it switched to Taipei in 2003, the station was hastily removed, to American relief. America would be unlikely to tolerate a similar facility in a Chinese-allied Marshall Islands.
These islanders were transformed during WWII from small fishing communities settled by Asian people hundreds and hundreds of years ago, people who came paddling over in dug out canoes, the Polynesians who spread across all the Pacific Islands, morphed into top pieces in the Nuclear Chess Game of the second half of the 20th century. Now, as tools of the military dominance scheme of the West, these pawns are finding out, they can triangulate for money and power. They know the US can crush them like little bugs but not if the bugs are items of interest to the Chinese.
The Chinese are gradually extending their influence using the money and skills they have built up in the last 15 years after they ditched the old Maoist schemes of revolution and mass human wave power. Note how, as part of this story, the US uses Taiwan as a cat's paw. We don't want to be seen to be directly manipulating nations so we use proxies. And Taiwan, in order to justify the US spending trillions to protect both Taiwanese sovereignty as well as their shipping and in particular, their huge trade surplus with the US. So they will do our bidding in matters like these islanders who understandably, fear the US.
And they don't trust us for obvious reasons! We lie to them! In particular, about nuclear bombs. When the very first hydrogen bomb test was used to destroy an entire island, the scientists and the President of the United States, Truman, already knew that the bomb would pollute the land and water with nuclear fall out and various heavy metals. They knew about the side effects of Hiroshima that was from a much, much weaker bomb. Both in the US and at sea, our soldiers and sailors were exposed directly to nuclear bombs in order for the Pentagon to claim, these bombs were destructive but only briefly destructive.
As if that were enough! The thought of armies waging combat on a nuclear wasteland is a terrible nightmare that haunts me even and especially, today. The Chinese were spying on our satellite system not so they can start a nuclear war but to PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM A SNEAK ATTACK. The US was now allied closely with not one but two nations with a recent history of sneak attacks: Germany and Japan. And we keep forgetting that the one temptation of nuclear war is the utility of a sneak attack: the sneak has a much higher chance of winning than the trusting side!
The US recently said we can, without warning, unilaterally launch a war. This declaration endangers not only peace but our own survival. For this means, all other nations like Iran, should prepare for sneak attacks and react violently to any clashes with the US. We saw this recently with the US blowing up a very silly encounter between some small speed boats and our mighty navy in the Persian Gulf.
Foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini accused the US of exaggerating the incident "to fool the region" during a visit by US President George W. Bush to Washington's Arab allies.
"The Americans have lost face again," he told reporters.
"They tried to bring it up at the same time as Bush was travelling to the region to paint Iran in a bad light. But their plans fell flat," he said.
The US has lost so much face recently, we are like the man in the story, 'The Man In The Iron Mask'. Due to this huge arsenal of nuclear bombs, we feel we can do whatever we wish. The entire push to disarm first, Iraq, and now, Iran, is based on the premise that Europe and America, grand wielders of Wotan's Ashe Tree Staff, can stride the planet, flourishing our collective nuclear arsenal, while ordering nations we wish to dominate, to disarm. This unilateralism is being spoiled by both nuclear China and nuclear Russia. Iran is less and less isolated as the dollar drops and oil costs more. This latest encounter had only one major effect: it raised the price of oil and dropped the value of the dollar.
Perhaps our rulers who are making money off of all this, wanted this to happen. But the dogs of war are breeding the nags of economic doom. As the Bible clearly states, the Apocalypse has four horses, not one. And as we push the red horse of war, the pale white horse of want gallops alongside. One of the unfortunate side effects of WWII on our nation was the idea that war can make us rich. Nuclear war will end with us looking like Hiroshima. This idea still doesn't resonate well in the US. The tiff over these tiny Pacific islands shows us how vulnerable we are and how our plans to hyper-arm the US are failing. The golden opportunity to disarm is past.
And I know the Chinese were interested in that, long ago. They don't fear army to army clashes because they can field an army of millions. It is the West, with the birth dearth, that fears direct fighting. Nukes make us bolder.
Adm. Timothy Keating, commander of US Pacific Command, and James Shinn, a newly minted assistant secretary of Defense for the region, left Saturday for a week-long trip to China. Their visit will include high-level meetings in which the US aims to better understand the PLA's decisionmaking process and to try to answer the Pentagon's broader questions about China's rapid military buildup and its intentions toward neighboring Taiwan.
But the elephant in the room may be a series of incidents last fall after the PLA refused to allow the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk and its accompanying ships into the Hong Kong port for a planned Thanksgiving visit. The PLA said it was a "misunderstanding," and a day later agreed to allow the ships in. But the Kitty Hawk had already departed, US officials say, disappointing more than 300 family members of American sailors who had flown there to celebrate the holiday with their loved ones.
Earlier that week, China refused safe harbor during a storm to two American minesweepers, the USS Patriot and the USS Guardian – in violation of international maritime agreements.
The moves may have been a way for China to show its displeasure after President Bush awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet whom China sees as a separatist, some analysts say. If so, they say, it's one more sign of China's willingness to use the military relationship with the US for political purposes.
Note here that the US is going to China, not the other way around. The Chinese know that we figured out why they were pissed off. Bush's refusal to back down won't work. The Japanese did a series of such actions whereby they honored people that pissed off the Chinese. This was the Prime Minister worshipping at the Yasakuni Shrine. The US people think Koizumi was our dear friend. But all of Asia saw him as a dangerous apologist for Japanese war crimes. The US stood alone in this matter and lost a lot of face over this. For we should have forced our dear buddy to stop praying for Japan's ghosts to rise up with the Rising Sun flag and slay Japan's enemies! For that is US!
Back then, I said that we could not side with Japan nor could we allow Japan to openly insult all our own war dead. The dead at Pearl Harbor, at Iwo Jima, they were being insulted. All of Asia saw that the US was a paper tiger led by fools who kissed Japanese feet after being kicked in the face. Our power in Asia declined rapidly. No one takes us very seriously anymore. Though they all consider us to be very dangerous, thanks to our nuclear arsenal.
The US navy has to walk on eggshells with the Japanese and now, the Chinese. We don't have to do all of this, of course. We could have stood up to Japan when they openly insulted us. But we didn't. So why are we spending a fortune, protecting Japan?
As I have pointed out, Japan has bought the majority of US bonds. Now, China is doing this and for the same reason: to control US diplomatic and military power.
China on Monday demanded the United States to observe its commitment on the Taiwan issue and not to send the wrong signal to the forces of the "Taiwan Independence".
"We demand the U.S. not to allow Chen Shui-bian to engage in any separatist activities of 'Taiwan Independence' by using U.S. territory," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu.
Jiang made the remarks when asked to comment on Chen Shui-bian's stopover in Alaska on Jan. 13, according to a press release by Chinese Foreign Ministry.
Right on the heels of the election disaster for Chen, he pops off to the US on a mission to show defiance to China. The Chinese then warn us to lay off. This is a very dangerous game for both China and the US have nuclear weapons. Taiwan is part of China and will eventually be either eliminated as a habitable place or joined up with China. In the long, long run, Taiwan, joined with China, will be one of the strongest places on earth. The government wants the old status quo where they could dream about reconquista of China while at the same time, playing as if they were a province in the US/UK empire.
The US allowed totally unequal trade in the name of strengthening our 'allies' in the Cold War. But now, with all our 'allies' running huge trade surpluses with the US as well as all our 'enemies' doing likewise, the US power is in severe decline. Chen hopes to get the US to back him quickly in a final gambit to have the US declare Taiwan to be the Real China again like in the pre-Nixon days.
Whether chastising Iran or praising Palestinian elections, analysts said, Bush left out key facts that would have offered a messier — and more true-to-life — portrait of the modern Middle East.
"Iran is a neighbor, we have to deal with that," said Ambassador Ibrahim Mohieldin, director of the Arab League's Americas department. "The U.S. is thousands of miles away from Iran - it's OUR national security that will be affected" if leaders agree to keep Tehran isolated at Washington's request.
Bush heaped praise on his hosts, the rulers of the United Arab Emirates, for luring foreign investment and "building a prosperous society out of the desert." Left out, noted analyst Manar Shorbagy, an associate professor who teaches a course on U.S. politics at the American University in Cairo, was the ill-fitting fact that Iran is the country's No. 1 trade partner.
Also unmentioned was the UAE's role as an important conduit for Iranian imports in spite of U.S.-backed economic sanctions. Moreover, a large and thriving Iranian expatriate community is central to commerce and society in Abu Dhabi and its more glamorous sister city, the commercial hub of Dubai.
The UAE are leftovers of the British Empire's gambit to split up all other empires into tiny bits. This consortium is very similar to all the other islands of the Crown. They are tax havens! They are sucking the lifeblood from the US and others. Our Vice President [the word 'vice' is very fitting here] treasonously had the company he used to head an still has a huge interest in, Halliburton has moved to these pirate coves and along with them, a host of financiers and corporations are relocating there so they can evade taxes.
And the US is going bankrupt. The worker base is deep in debt and seeing declining wages while our top organizations all move offshore to pirate coves like the UAE. Bush praises this process because he and his mates are planning to relocate after destroying the once-great USA. The lack of outrage over this outrageous praise of the very people undermining our power and finances, alarms me. But then, everyone is digging our grave, it seems.
Patriotism has been reduced to its lowest level: flag waving for lower working class stiffs who mistake easy money for collective power. In all ways, they are being reduced slowly while the top 1% plays international politics. One mistake here: the Chinese leadership has no plans to move anywhere. They will remain in the Forbidden City and rule from the Dragon Throne.